Category Archives: race/diversity

The Spanish Apartment – The making of a European identity

There are hardly any films on European identity or even historical events from a European angle. The Spanish Apartment (L’auberge espagnole) is perhaps the only film about Europeans within the context of the EU. It is a commercial comedy, in which young … Continue reading

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The Golden Door – Migration and Europe

The Golden Door (Nuovomondo) is a beautiful film. It’s touching, but never sentimental. It is hard, but never gritty. It is the story of Sicilian migrants to the US at the turn of the 20th century. Back then, the US … Continue reading

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American Horror Story (Coven) 2 – Othering Voodoo, Race, & Rationality

As mentioned in my previous post on Coven, the series is set in a boarding school for witches in New Orleans, Louisiana. One of the witches is Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe), who is human voodoo doll. She can harm others by … Continue reading

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Gomorra – of Power & Loyalty

The TV series Gomorra is simply perfect. It is well written, well shot and well acted. With its pithy style and occasional irony it plunges the viewer into the criminal microcosm of a city where different ethnicities, nationalities and languages … Continue reading

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Candyman – Class, Race & Durkheimian Religion

Candyman is jolly good fun and great food for sociological thought. As ever, this is not a review, but a short analysis of the film from a sociological angle. Set in Chicago, the film tells the story of Helen (Virginia … Continue reading

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West Wing – The Male American Dream

West Wing made TV history notwithstanding its many weaknesses. It is still worth watching for C.J. and President Jed Bartlett, played by a very charismatic Martin Sheen. Sheen steals the show, which was supposed to be more about the staff … Continue reading

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AVP: Alien vs Predator – Postcolonialism

In Alien vs Predator, Hollywood is clearly establishing high beauty standards for non-humans. Predator’s dreadlocks and physique make him the non-human hero, while Alien is relegated to being a baddie simply because he’s just … err, green slime dripping all … Continue reading

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Grimm – beyond appearances

The action is bad, the romance cringing, and the acting is … well, I guess they are good looking. The only real reason to watch Grimm is Silas Weir Mitchell, who plays Monroe, a good lycanthrope. Yet, the series has … Continue reading

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